We are excited to roll out the fresh, new look of our newsletter. News@Home offers a brand refresh and redesign that is meant to bring attention to “home” – a place where families gather and share news about their day. Additionally, the updated newsletter looks as progressive as our future initiatives.
News@Home is an informative publication produced twice per year. The publication focuses on activities taking place on campus as well as news about our youth and staff. In each issue, we feature ways to help the Home. Please contact Susan Bennett, Director of Public Relations, at 765.482.5900 to join our mailing list or enter your e-mail below.
Enjoy the first summer edition of News@Home. Stories appear below as well as a pdf of the full newsletter on the right.
Here We GROW Again!
The Board of Trustees of Indiana United Methodist
Children’s Home has approved the construction of
two new homes on the 17-acre campus. Construction
will begin this summer. Each house will accommodate
10 youth along with the Family Teaching staff. The
Home’s goal is to continue to create a less institutional
environment for youth.
According to Rich Lapinski, Executive Director of
the Home, “Our new group homes will be state-of-the-art
facilities where youth will be in a safe and
To follow construction progress along the way, visit
iumch. org or “like us” on Facebook.
Indiana United Methodist Children’s Home continues
to meet the needs of Indiana’s abused and neglected
youth through the Teaching Family Model. Each group
home features private bedrooms for each child and
state-of-the art amenities. To learn more about the
Home’s services, visit www.iumch.org.•
Indy 500 Princess Inspires Students
While growing up in Boone County, Emma Haney
has always kept her eye on the future when setting
goals. A 2018 Indy 500 Princess, Emma brought that
inspirational message to residents of the Methodist
Children’s Home during the May 9th worship service at
Gress Chapel. Emma, who is attending Ball State
University, challenged and inspired students to
work hard in school and to set realistic goals for
themselves by calling on their relationship with
God. “Faith guides me every day, and I hope all of you have faith and hope
for the future,” she said.
Not only did attendees get to hear from Emma, but
they also had the opportunity to get up close and
personal with an Indianapolis 500 pace car. Following
the worship service, Mike Strohl, vice chair of the Indy
500 Festival, drove one of the pace cars to the chapel
where youth were able to have their pictures taken
with a sporty Chevrolet Camaro convertible.
Special thanks to Emma and Mike for providing an
informative, inspirational and fun evening.•
Talk and Tour
Spring, summer and fall are all great times to tour
Indiana United Methodist Children’s Home. Touring the
Home is an inspirational outreach trip for any of your
church groups including United Methodist Women/
Men, mission outreach committees and youth groups.
We are conveniently located in the center of the state – just two miles off of I-65
and a very short distance from Indianapolis. The tour includes
a brief orientation and visits to the Teaching Family Homes,
chapel and on-grounds school.
To schedule a tour, contact Susan Bennett at 765-482-5900
or send e-mail inquiries to firstname.lastname@example.org.
“As a member of United Methodist Women and the Home’s Auxiliary, I encourage anyone to
tour the Home. It is one of our Conference’s best kept secrets. Every time I visit the Home, it
makes me proud of what the United Methodist Church in Indiana is doing for abused children
who desperately need our help.”
— Phyllis Newton, Broadway United Methodist Church, Indianapolis
We also have staff available to come to your church
or organization. Just give us a call…. we’re always
happy to share our story!•
Auxiliary Marks Fifty-One Years of Service
Rev. Sandy Harlan, retired Indiana Conference staff, was the keynote
speaker at the 51st Annual Auxiliary program. Guests from across the state
were in attendance for the program and luncheon. Highlights of the
program included recognition of the retiring officers and installation of the
new officers and executive committee members. The Auxiliary also honored
the student of the year followed by special music by Charis Vander Platts,
Music Director at Grace United Methodist Church in Lafayette.
The Auxiliary also recognized Joy Pollock for her outstanding service to
Indiana United Methodist Children’s Home. Joy served
as Executive Assistant for many years and worked
closely with the Auxiliary. She retired on June 1st after
working at the Home for more than three decades.
We would love to have you join The Auxiliary to
Indiana United Methodist Children’s Home. To learn
more about the Auxiliary and the programs they
support, visit the Home’s website at www.iumch.org.•
How Would You Like to Save Money?
Due to a new State of Indiana program, you can give a
contribution to the James E. Davis School at the
Home and receive most of it back in tax savings. The
program is called the IUMCH-SGO Scholarship and
donors (individuals or corporations) who have donated
to the scholarship receive a 50% Indiana state income
tax exemption and a deduction on their federal income
taxes. The state tax exemption directly reduces the
state tax owed by fifty cents on every dollar contributed.
Here is an example:
A donation of $10,000 to the IUMCH-SGO could
result in the following benefits for a donor in the
24% federal tax bracket:
• $5,000 tax exemption from Indiana state
• $2,400 deduction from federal income tax
• Knowing that you made it possible for students
who could not afford a high-quality education
at the Home.
To learn more, visit the Home’s website at iumch.org
and click on IUMCH-SGO Scholarship tab or contact
Paul St. Angelo at 317-775-0606 or send inquiries to